Thoeun Puthea, 28, was in a room at Dara Guesthouse in Prampi Makara district when police stopped her and six young women who were set to be sent to China by way of Vietnam, according to Keo Thea, director of the municipal anti-human trafficking police. Two of the victims were 17 years old, one was 19, and the rest were in their 20s, an official said.
"The victims said that she was a broker and she also admitted to it," Mr. Thea said on Wednesday. "The brokers and the victims have a network in the provinces. They…gathered in the provinces and then came to Phnom Penh together to depart to Vietnam before going to China." He declined to say how police had located Ms. Puthea, saying that revealing their methods would allow future traffickers to escape capture. According to Mr. Thea, however, police have been investigating Ms. Puthea for months on suspicion that she was trafficking women to China, but had lacked the evidence needed to arrest her until recently.
"We saw her bringing victims to have passports made and their newly made passports when they departed to China on three to four past occasions, he said, estimating that about 30 women had been trafficked.